About three dozen people attended the City of Medford’s first community meeting on climate change on June 13. The meeting covered the local impacts of climate change, how the city is adapting to those impacts, and questions and concerns residents have when it comes to climate change.
Here are three major takeaways from the meeting.
Not all parts of the city will be equally impacted by climate change, and some residents are at greater risk than others. In particular, the elderly, the poor and those who are linguistically isolated are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
“These are the communities that tend to be affected the most, because they don’t have the information,” explained an ethnic and linguistic interpreter at the community forum.
When it comes to geographic vulnerability, South Medford is more susceptible to extreme heat because of its relatively limited tree cover. The neighborhood is also more likely to flood. (read more)
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